I've been a teacher for over nine years. I'm currently teaching Art I-IV and Digital Media (Graphic Design), but teaching Gifted English has been my heart and motivation for teaching. These classes were the first of their kind both at my school and in the entire school system, and many of the materials I have up here are from my Gifted curriculum that I made from scratch. I've also taught other English classes over the years: regular ed. English II, III, and IV, and READ 180. Also having certification in Social Studies 6-12 and Visual Art K-12, I've taught college dual-enrollment Psychology 101, art lessons, and Freshman Comp and British Lit at the college level. Presented with the need to rewrite common core curriculum for my school system, I have rewritten an entire English 2 unit and all of it's components, so I'm accustomed to the standards and methods of approaching them. I also write online curriculum for a major education company and that brings more experience.
My main goal, especially with my Gifted students, is for them to find their own voice and to be able to defend it. I give them a lot of reading material out of their usual comfort zones in hopes that I can broaden their thinking. I believe that being expected to write over and over again can create a good writer. I assign many essays and higher-order thinking questions. These teens are about to walk out into the real world and they need to have their own head firmly attached to their shoulders. As well with art students, it's about finding a "voice" and an identity through their materials and subject matter.
My students have earned a number of poetry, fiction, and essay writing rewards and have excelled remarkably on the English portions of the ACT. My honors are mostly from my time as a student as well. Summa Cum Laude as both a Graduate and Undergraduate university student.
I have a Masters in English with additional Masters studies in Gifted Education. Bachelors in Visual Art - concentrations in painting and graphic design/video. I was also on an Honors track as an Undergrad with a minor earned in English.
I am a huge nerd for Literature and History. I try to make many of my lesson plans all-inclusive, placing emphasis on historical relations to the work being read. It's my goal to have students really appreciate the Classical Studies/Humanities subjects in such a STEM driven world.